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‘Hot Spill’ sculpture or giant paper clip in York, Pa.? You decide

Linked in/Neat stuff: Tom Wolf/George Leader
Millersville University sculptor Ike Hay died recently, but his legacy remains in York, Pa. – a sculpture in Foundry Plaza next to Codorus Creek. It was named ‘Hot Spill’ when it was unveiled in 1984. A York Daily Record/Sunday News story about the sculptor’s death described a bit of controversy that ensued: ‘The piece — all vivid red curves and lines, with a smaller black section — brought some controversy, (his wife) Teri Hay said, and was initially derided by some in print for its abstract design. They called it a giant paper clip, she said. But it was long one of her husband’s favorites.’ Whatever it is called, the artwork fits the Foundry Plaza theme and nicely connects with the Creativity Unleashed theme in play for York City. Also of interest: York countian sculpting gears and sprockets and scrap into art.

5 more neat items from all over … .

1. You’ve heard about internationally known pop artist Jeff Koons. Have you ever seen the artist with deep York County roots in an extended conversation?

This interview with filmmaker John Waters puts Koons in the spotlight for more than an hour.


2. Love these neighborhood reunions, such as the recent Unity in the Community event at the Jefferson Center. Residents from three York Housing Community’s neighborhoods — Codorus, Wellington and Parkway – met there. Here’s an interesting view of noted York County artist Ophelia Chambliss speaking in front of the Civil Rights Hero mural undertaken by noted York County artist Brett Greiman.



3. I ran across this interesting photo recently in a 2012 story: CCC workers in Downtown Glen Rock.

4. This YDR graphic takes an interesting look at Tom Wolf, now leader among Dem hopefuls in the Pennsylvania gubernatorial race, and George Leader, York County’s only governor.

5. I’ve been doing these history mystery posts on YDR’s FB post for several months now. Nothing gets more engagement than people working to ID buildings, as was the case here.